Government of Canada-Global Affairs Canada (Saving Brains): Inviting applications for the funding theme ‘Saving Brains – Round 6’  for award to find bold ideas for products, services and implementation models that protect and nurture early brain development in a sustainable manner.

Donor Name:  Government of Canada-Global Affairs Canada (Saving Brains)
Funding name: No specific fund name

Funding brief:  With the ultimate goal of increasing human capital and tackling existing inequalities, Saving Brains seeks bold ideas for products, services and implementation models that protect and nurture early brain development in a sustainable manner.

Funding is open to innovative solutions that address the risk factors facing children living in adversity by promoting health and nutrition, providing enrichment and nurturing, and protecting against maltreatment.

Areas of particular interest include innovations designed for use in humanitarian contexts and fragile settings, innovations that provide support to adolescent parents, and innovations with demonstrated scale and strong paths to sustainability that have not yet measured impact on child development.

Areas of interest: Proposals must provide innovative solutions relevant to poor, marginalized populations in low- or middle-income countries. Projects are therefore expected to work towards an effective intervention that can be feasibly delivered in a given context. Children living in poverty often face multiple risk factors, and it is preferred that innovations use a holistic view of the child’s environment (i.e., address a combination of health and nutrition, enrichment, and protection, as determined by the target population’s context), pay attention to gender and intersecting inequalities, engage end users (women and men, girls and boys) and build upon local delivery systems. Innovators are encouraged to determine what works best for whom, at what level of intensity, and which aspects of interventions are most effective. The project team, led by effective, results-driven leaders, should be capable of developing, testing and refining these innovations and their delivery. Ultimately, projects must have measurable outcomes and clear results, which will accelerate progress against the Saving Brains Grand Challenge, and potential to accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals.

Projects should be innovative and contribute uniquely to the Saving Brains portfolio of innovations. Innovations previously funded by Grand Challenges Canada will not be considered. Descriptions of the innovations currently supported by Saving Brains are available here: and all innovations supported by Grand Challenges Canada are available here:

Interventions with a strong evidence basis for improving child development outcomes Include but are not limited to:
● Maternal health and nutrition
● Maternal well-being (reducing stress, depression and care for mental disorders)
● Parenting supports to improve nurturing care, stimulation and early learning
● Interventions to improve attachment and bonding
● Improved breastfeeding
● Appropriate micronutrient and child feeding
● Prevention of maltreatment and harsh punishment
● Early learning programs.

Deadline: October 11, 2017, at 3:00 p.m ET

Funding details link:

Funding limit: Successful proposals will be awarded seed grants of up to $250,000 CAD over a maximum of 24 months.

Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.

Project start date: June–September, 2018
Project duration: 24 months

Eligible organization: As below

● Eligible applicants include social enterprises and other recognized institutions (e.g., non-profit organizations and for-profit companies) that are formed and legally incorporated in an eligible jurisdiction, as set out in Appendix A, that can successfully execute the activities in their respective technical area, and are capable of receiving and administering grant funding. Sole proprietorships are not eligible for funding. United Nations country offices and Canadian provincial and federal government departments, agencies and ministries are not eligible to apply.
● ONLY institutions from the list of countries given in Appendix A are eligible to apply to this Saving Brains Request for Proposals. Applications from institutions in countries not listed in Appendix A will not be considered. Awards may be limited to one proposal for upper-middle income country applicants other than Brazil; see Appendix A for further detail on the number of applications funded based on country of application.
● All project implementation sites must be in countries other than Canada that are listed in Appendix A.
● A project can have a maximum of two Project Leads, both of which must have primary affiliations to institutions in eligible countries listed in Appendix A. At least one Project Lead must be affiliated with the institution from which the proposal is being submitted.
● Applicant institutions from Canada must apply with a co-Project Lead primarily affiliated with an institution in an eligible country listed in Appendix A, other than Canada.
● A majority (greater than 50%) of the budget must be spent on activities in eligible countries other than Canada.

● Applicants from Brazil:
● May not be government entities. We strongly encourage government entities to apply in partnership with other Brazilian institutions, but they are not eligible as direct grant recipients. Universities or research centres, civil society representatives, non-for-profits and private institutions are eligible to apply.
● Must focus on innovations in the following areas of interest: implementation of practices and public policies for early child development, delivery of quality early childhood education services, supportive services for families on nurturing parenting practices, and innovations that help communicate and increase awareness of the importance of early child development for society.
● A Project Lead may only be listed on one (1) application to this Request for Proposals. An institution from an eligible country may, however, be the applicant on multiple applications, if all applications have different Project Leads.
Saving Brains WILL NOT fund discovery science, capacity-building initiatives or ongoing programmatic funding through this Request for Proposals.
Saving Brains WILL NOT consider funding projects that involve establishing proof-of-concept of innovations for which the core intellectual property rights are owned by a third-party institution, unless either (a) the third-party institution has granted the applicant sufficient license rights to the innovation to permit eventual scaling in low- and middle-income countries, or (b) the third-party institution is willing to sign an undertaking to Grand Challenges Canada committing to comply with Grand Challenges Canada’s Global Access requirements.
Innovations that have been previously funded by Grand Challenges Canada are not eligible for seed funding. See innovations-and-results/for a searchable database of innovations funded by Grand Challenges Canada.
Applications must include all required information and attachments. Only complete applications will be considered for peer review.
Grand Challenges Canada may, at any time and at its sole discretion, modify eligibility criteria with respect to individual applicants, Project Leads and/or eligible countries, to the extent that such modifications do not materially undermine the review process.


Eligible Country:
Least-Developed Countries: Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Dem. Rep., Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Kiribati, Laos, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Niger, Rwanda, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Yemen, Zambia
● Other Low-Income Countries ((2010 per capita Gross National Income (GNI) <= $1 005)): Kenya, Korea Dem. Rep., Kyrgyz Rep., South Sudan, Tajikistan, Zimbabwe
● Lower-Middle Income Countries and Territories ((2010 per capita GNI $1,006–$3,975)): Armenia, Belize, Bolivia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Congo Rep., Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, El Salvador, Fiji, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Kosovo, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Federated States Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Syria, Tokelau, Tonga, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, West Bank and Gaza Strip
● Upper-Middle-Income Countries and Territories ((2010 per capita GNI$ 3,976–$12,275)*): Albania, Algeria, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Gabon, Grenada, Iran, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mexico, Montenegro, Montserrat, Namibia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Panama, Peru, Serbia, Seychelles, South Africa, St. Helena, St. Kitts-Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and Grenadines, Suriname, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Uruguay, Venezuela, Wallis and Futuna

Submission mail: N/A

Other important link:
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How to apply:
Applications MUST be submitted through Grand Challenges Canada’s Community Portal (


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